Posted On: August 12, 2019
Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in September. Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927.
The outdoor adventures include:
Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Participants may encounter manatees and dolphins as they explore the Indian River Lagoon during this leisurely paddling trip. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Longleaf guided hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Take a hike through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave, DeLand.
Rail Trail bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Experience the natural world as you ride the East Central Regional Rail Trail from Green Springs to State Road 415 and back. All ages and abilities are welcome on this 11.4-mile round trip. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.
Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Take a riding tour of this 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Participants may see Volusia County’s carnivorous plants and the Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.
DeLeon Springs paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Enjoy Florida’s scenery and wildlife during this leisurely paddling trip. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs. There is a fee to enter the park. Participants may rent kayaks from the park.
International Coastal Cleanup: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Join the effort to remove trash from beaches, rivers and parks. Register online at www.volusia.org/cleanup through Aug. 31. Bring garden gloves, drinking water and buckets for collecting trash. Wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothing and outdoor footwear.
Edgewater bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Ride the paved path from Cow Creek Road to Rotary Park and back. Participants will learn about different habitats and the organisms that live within them. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet in the parking lot on Cow Creek Road, a quarter-mile south of State Road 442.
Longleaf eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Take a leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the county’s diverse natural habitats and land management practices.
Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.